What is COAL?

Combustible mineral substance found in large deposits. It is considered to be a fossil fuel, being formed from plants that have been fossilized through oxidation. The end result is a black, hard substance capable of burning. Coal is currently the most widely used substance for generating electricity and heat. Due to the harmful carbon dioxide and other gases released into the environment when coal is burned, this usage is constantly being reduced alternative fuels are found.

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